Local students take part in YU Israel program
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Local students take part in YU Israel program

Staffers with campers from Yeshiva University, from left, Zehava Birman of Brooklyn, David Abrams of Teaneck, and Yoni Mandelbaum of Highland Park, at Counterpoint’s closing ceremony in Dimona, Israel.

This summer, 26 students from and other colleges from the United States and Israel participated in the Counterpoint Israel Program, a project of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future. CJF ran three-week summer camps for 110 secular teens from diverse backgrounds in the southern Israeli development towns of Yerucham and Dimona. Programs the college students created included promoting the Israeli teens’ self-esteem and teaching them English to improve their chances of being accepted to college. The college students, many of whom have worked before as Hebrew school teachers and counselors, were trained for their roles as camp counselors in New York City before they left.

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